F1's TECH SE­CRETS

The once-un­beat­able champ hasn’t had it all his own way in 2014. We talk car tech with Red Bull-Re­nault’s racer – then look at how it’s let him down…

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Se­bas­tian Vet­tel re­veals all

the tech’s GONE awry

Far more than good han­dling, F1 suc­cess is made or bro­ken by tech­nol­ogy – as Seb’s dis­cov­ered reg­u­larly

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Aero pack­age Vet­tel’s cham­pi­onship-win­ning cars have al­ways trumped the com­pe­ti­tion in terms of down­force. But Red Bull’s F1 de­sign guru Adrian Newey and his team have yet to find a way round this sea­son’s FIA aero­dy­namic reg­u­la­tions, de­priv­ing the 27-year-old of the Vel­cro­like lev­els of grip that took him to four back-to-back ti­tles from 2010 to 2013.

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Gear­box Vet­tel was forced out of the Q3 ses­sion in Spain back in May after a gear­box fail­ure, rel­e­gat­ing him to 10th on the grid and then 15th thanks to the sub­se­quent penalty for re­plac­ing said gear­box. De­spite that, Seb man­aged to record the fastest lap of the race and fin­ished fourth, though still be­hind Aussie and Red Bull sta­ble­mate Daniel Ric­cia­rdo.

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Turbo After get­ting off to a good start in Monaco – a Grand Prix where Vet­tel has al­ways been very suc­cess­ful – Seb’s turbo in­ex­pli­ca­bly failed. With his car now woe­fully un­der­pow­ered, he dropped from third po­si­tion to 20th be­fore be­ing forced to re­tire, the first time he has failed to fin­ish the iconic Monte Carlo cir­cuit since 2009.

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